What are the nutritional properties of peanuts?

The peanuts are the seeds of the plant Arachis hypogaea , which belongs to the family Leguminosae .Most likely originally from Central America , today they are grown mainly in the United States, China, India and some African countries. They are also produced in Italy : in our country the collection is done between September and October.In addition to being consumed for food use – after being roasted – they are also used to make it one of the most popular oils on the market.

What are the nutritional properties of peanuts?

In 100 grams of roasted peanuts there is an intake of about 598 calories , divided as follows: 75% lipids, 19% proteins and 6% carbohydrates.

In the same quantity there are also:

  • 16.13 g of carbohydrates
  • 25.80 g of protein
  • 49.24 g of lipids
  • 8.5 g of fiber (especially insoluble)
  • 12.066 mg of vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • 0.384 mg of pyridoxine
  • 8.33 mg of vitamin E
  • 0.135 mg of vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • 0.640 mg of vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • 240 µg of folate
  • 1,767 mg of pantothenic acid
  • 705 mg of potassium
  • 76 mg of phosphorus
  • 168 mg of magnesium
  • 92 mg of calcium
  • 18 mg of sodium
  • 7.2 µg of selenium
  • 4.58 mg of  iron
  • 1.144 mg of copper
  • 3.27 mg of zinc
  • 1,934 mg of manganese .

They are also rich in phenolic compounds such as p-coumaric acid , resveratrol , biocanin-A and genistein .

When should you not eat peanuts?

There are no known interactions between the consumption of peanuts and the intake of drugs or other substances .

What are the possible benefits of peanuts?

The peanuts are associated with dry nuts, but in truth are legumes .

They are rich in monounsaturated fats , excellent for reducing bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol , and their proteins are rich in high quality amino acids and essential for growth and development.

They have a good antioxidant capacity thanks to the presence of p-coumaric acid (which is recognized to reduce stomach cancer ) and resveratrol (which seems to protect against tumors, viral or fungal infections and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases ).

Antioxidant properties are also recognized for biocanin-A, vitamin E and genistein. The B vitamins, however, act on the proper functioning of the metabolism .

What are the contraindications for peanuts?

Peanut consumption can be the cause of the onset of serious allergic reactions .

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